AUGUST 2020
Update from the South
 
This year’s transition from summer to fall feels different as we all view everything through the lens of navigating the pandemic. Some of us are helping kids adjust to virtual learning, hoping for more success and structure than what was experienced in the spring. For my household, our days start early, but my kids are older and self-sufficient; so, for now, this new normal seems like something we can do for a while. It feels good to be in fall mode, planning for the months ahead. The same can be said in our industry; we are embracing the new normal.
 
We are taking the opportunity to meet with clients to discuss current business and future plans, all while following the appropriate protocols for safety. We have much to discuss with global planning demand upended by COVID-19 and the global response to the virus. Changing import requirements, capacity planning for the upcoming peak season, plans around the Golden Week holiday, and that yearly phenomenon: combating the stink bug. They are all important issues to discuss and plan for, either via Zoom video conference calls or in person.
 
This past week, we had two full days of remote planning and strategy meetings involving the management team in the USA; we covered all areas of the business with a review of the last six months and plans for the remainder of the year and beyond. The meetings confirmed that we are holding our own during this time; our team continues to show resilience, determination, and inventiveness to overcome challenges. We also made plans for growth in areas that we feel are strategically important. It felt good to be planning for the future.
 
Even so, we must brace ourselves for some upheaval: hurricanes ahead, continued social unrest, and a rocky election season, all while still living in the midst of the pandemic. What we know is, this too shall pass. Fall will bring the lovely cooler temps we enjoy, we will get to the other side of the election, and next year brings the hope of getting out from under so many of the restrictions the virus is requiring right now. We will have much we have learned as we move forward together.
 
Best regards,
 
Peter Crooks
Vice President
Miami Completes Heavy Machinery Project Across Multiple States and Countries
Strong teamwork is a driving force at EMO Trans, and EMO Miami recently executed a complex delivery of construction and mining machinery. The customer is a metals extraction company in Argentina that has been ranked as a global Top 10 performer in the mining industry.
 
EMO Trans helped the customer successfully import excavators, rough terrain cranes, sky track telehandlers, vibratory compactors, and other construction machinery to its operations in Zarate, Argentina. The logistics operation involved pick-ups at multiple locations in the U.S. to be moved through the ports of Houston and Baltimore.
 
Jean Paul Espinoza, Corporate Development Manager – LATAM, and Nicolas Alvarez of Seabird, EMO’s partner in Argentina, oversaw the project. “Daniela Livigni, our Ocean Export Manager in Miami, did a great job handling the complete operation from A to Z, including customs validation at both ports,” Jean Paul (JP) notes. “It was challenging, but in the end, we were able to get it done in a timely manner to avoid missing cut offs. EMO Houston was instrumental in clearing customs so these units could sail on time. Everyone has been very appreciative of Daniela’s round the clock effort to get this done in a timely fashion. Tons of kudos to both Daniela and Nicolas for a job well done.”
CBP: COBRA Fees To Be Adjusted for Inflation in Fiscal Year 2021
CBP Provides Guidance on New Marking Rules for Goods Made in Hong Kong
Update: CBP Provides Guidance on China Section 301 Exclusion Lists
Useful links:
Bureau of Industry & Security
U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division
C-TPAT
TSA
DHS
Customs and Border Protection
GRI Announcements for September 1 and September 15

Golden Week Coming Up
China’s Golden Week holiday will take place October 1-7. Customers should plan ahead for shipments that may fall during that timeframe.
 
It's Stink Bug Season!
As 2020 rolls on, we are again approaching Stink Bug season for Australia and New Zealand.
Operational requirements are as previous years, with slight amendments to included HS Codes and Risk Countries.
 
Seasonal measures are implemented to manage the risk of BMSB arriving in cargo and containers during the high risk season. The 2020-21 BMSB seasonal measures apply to:

o   Certain goods (target high risk goods and target risk goods) manufactured in, or shipped from, target risk countries as sea cargo

o   Vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

o   Departing from 1 September 2020 and arriving in an Australian Territory or New Zealand by 31 May 2021 (inclusive)

The Target Country list has been expanded from last season to include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan (heightened vessel surveillance), Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and USA.

Through last season in Australia and New Zealand, we saw significant delays and costs to clients where goods were required to be treated upon arrival. The DAWR website contains
a list of Approved Treatment Providers. Customers are encouraged to make all efforts to engage with Local Providers to treat goods prior to Export wherever possible.
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